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| Is it really greener? |

5 Sep

I’m back from my summer break. “Summer break” sounds like a really foreign term since the education system in Singapore works on a different schedule and it is essentially always summer here! It took almost a year of planning and saving and it’s a 3 weeks well spent in Scandinavia.

Dusk in Savonlinna, Finland. Spent 10 days here, mostly in the practice rooms but also had lots of fun meeting new people and sharing moments. And the slow walks to & fro the apartment & school were therapeutic. Photo copyright of shupg.

What did I see? Oh, too much to say in a single blog post! So let me be slow and do it one step at a time ya? 🙂 The colours of Scandinavia’s man-made beauty is truly inspirational. I’m just starting out with what colours the sky and waters bring. I shall put up more photos in my next post. Look out for it!

During the trip, a friend commented, the grass really looks greener and the sky more blue!

Taken from a park next to Finlandia, Helsinki’s Opera House. Photo copyright of shupg.

The adage “The grass is greener on the other side”, I would say , is literally true.

Such serenity. In the middle of Helsinki, mind you.
Photo copyright of shupg.

Metaphorically? That’s another debate altogether.

Going for a short break, or even a month or so, is very much different from trying to meld a life out of the highs and lows of being in a foreign land. And if you’re not with your family, it makes it all the more thought-provoking.

Happiness is only happiness when shared, isn’t it? At least that’s true for me.

Sunset at 10pm on a summer’s day in Helsinki.
Photo copyright of shupg.

So whilst I enjoyed the truly brilliant colours of the buildings in Finland and Denmark, the great thing was that the long walks by Savonlinna’s many lakes, Helsinki’s brilliant architecture, Copenhagen’s historical colour buildings and vine-covered walls with leaning bikes, gave much pause.

I do hope sharing this will inspire someone out there to consider God’s marvellous creations. Treasure each day, each moment, each person you meet. Remember, the person next to you could be an angel.


shupg 5 Sept 2012


| Summer fling |

6 Aug

Hand drawn map of Finland by kzieglerdesign on etsy

No no, I’m not talking about a summer romance here, though who hasn’t had one of those eh? 😉 

I’m heading to far-flung Scandinavia for a summer chamber music course. Can’t wait! The practising has been crazy, but well worth it. It’s easy to get caught up with the weekly teaching routines and everyday mundane tasks…. so filling up the creativity tank and to be able to work with and learn from other peers is even more crucial as time goes by.

 Don’t get me wrong, there are always things to appreciate, even in the way a leaf grows, fur off the back of a dog’s ear gently moving in the wind, a student’s rude comeback, an hour struggling with a mental block,… but there is a time for everything. 

A time to stop and watch. 
A time to pick up pace and take yourself by the scruff of your neck just up and do it.
A time appreciate all the people God has put around you (actually the last one we need to do more of but probably spend the least time doing!) 

I pray that I will be able to do all 3 this summer! 

Lord, please give me strength, to be forgiving, appreciative, thankful, accepting … and it doesn’t help to be constantly curious and quietly amused. 

Teatime with new and old friends? I hope to be able to take some time to do that of course. 


A cup of warm tea on a not-so-warm summer day (let’s face it, summer anywhere else is at least a cool spring day by Singapore’s scorching standards!). I’m partial to green tea, what’s your poison? 🙂 

First teatime brooch, inspired by a talented friend
and tea-blogger at

What colours will I see? What people will I meet? All of God’s creations laid out in 14 hours of sunlight, with still lakes to listen to, and green grass to roll in. 

Let’s see what shupg will be up to in Finland, shall we? 

And at the same time, wishing all my Singaporean friends a wonderful National Day and my muslim friends, Selamat Hari Raya! 

Image by moomin.com/en

Bye, i’m off to shake hands with Moomin,
6 August 2012 

*P.S: Shupg’s Shop will still be in force when I’m away. Please feel free to go ahead and click! I’ll be back 25 August and will be replying all emails and sending out all items by then. 

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